SOURCE: OverDrive

January 30, 2007 11:19 ET

OverDrive to Enhance Audio Books With AudioFile Reviews

CLEVELAND, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2007 -- OverDrive®, the leader in digital media content distribution for libraries, announced today an agreement to provide audio book reviews from AudioFile magazine as a value-add option in its Digital Library Reserve® service offering. AudioFile is the leading publication for audio book information and reviews.

AudioFile will make available its 20,000 audio book reviews of titles in a variety of categories -- including popular fiction -- to more than 4,000 public libraries who are members of OverDrive's Digital Library Reserve network. The reviews will be included in the audio book's title listing for member libraries that subscribe to the new service. Digital Library Reserve, a web-based digital media service, provides patrons of member libraries the ability to download popular digital audio books, as well as eBooks, music, video and (coming soon) games & interactive software. OverDrive offers more than 50,000 downloadable titles in a variety of popular formats.

For an example of an AudioFile review in a Digital Library Reserve member library, go to http://dlc.clevnet.org/sampleaudiofile. To see if your library is a member of OverDrive's network, and to find other titles of eBooks, audio books, music, videos and games available from public libraries, go to www.overdrive.com/search.

"As the comprehensive source on audio book reviews, AudioFile reviews hundreds of popular audio books each month, including New York Times best sellers," said Robin Whitten, Editor and Founder of AudioFile. "Our reviews are a valuable aid for patrons and librarians to select and enjoy many of the audio books that are currently available in OverDrive's library network and that are being added daily."

"Having worked closely with the library market for the past several years, we know librarians are always on the lookout for information that can facilitate patrons selecting materials for checkout, not to mention their own collection development process," said Amy Dankowski, manager of partner services for OverDrive. "AudioFile reviews bring an insightful assessment of the audio book -- especially the audio presentation -- and these will be a welcome assistance for our growing market of audio book readers."

For more information about adding AudioFile reviews to your Digital Library Reserve service, contact OverDrive at sales@overdrive.com.

About OverDrive, Inc.

OverDrive is a leader in providing world-class infrastructure for distributing premium digital content. We deliver secure management, protection and fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and institutions (rights holders) and thousands of libraries, retailers and distributors serving millions of end users. With more than 50,000 premium digital titles -- including current best sellers -- of eBooks, audio books, music, video and (coming soon) games & interactive software presentable in a single platform, OverDrive offers the industry's best selection as well as the option to manage, protect and distribute proprietary content. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH. www.overdrive.com

About AudioFile

AudioFile, the only magazine devoted to audio books, is indispensable for anyone who enjoys spoken-word audio. AudioFile reviews unabridged and abridged audio books, original audio programs, commentary, and dramatizations in the spoken-word format. The focus is the audio presentation, not the critique of the written material. More than 400 audio books are reviewed in each bimonthly issue and exceptional performances are awarded with AudioFile's Earphones Awards. Since 1992, AudioFile has reviewed more than 20,000 audio book titles. AudioFile reviewers are professionals in the information, education, and performance fields and all reviews are signed. AudioFile Publications is based in Portland, ME. www.audiofilemagazine.com

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    David Burleigh
    OverDrive, Inc.
    216-573-6886 x218
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